AMHERST, Mass. – NPR education correspondent Eric Westervelt and University of Massachusetts Amherst education professor Stephen G. Sireci will discuss education policy and the Trump administration on Friday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, UMass Amherst.
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
“We are happy to have Eric join us for this important conversation,” says NEPR’ s CEO and general manager Martin Miller. “We feel very strongly that one of our roles as a public media organization is to encourage open and civil dialogue in our community. Events like this are an opportunity for our listeners to engage directly with NPR reporters who cover issues important to them, along with experts in the field, like Professor Sireci. We look forward to a lively conversation.”
After nearly a decade as an award-winning foreign correspondent with NPR’s international desk, Westervelt returned in September 2013 to domestic news with a new national beat covering American education. In this role, he covers the news, issues and trends in classrooms across the country, from pre-kindergarten to higher education. He has a strong interest in the multiple ways in which technology is disrupting traditional pedagogy.
Sireci is professor of educational policy, research and administration and director of the Center for Educational Assessment in the College of Education at UMass Amherst. He is known for his research in evaluating test fairness, particularly issues related to content validity, test bias, cross-lingual assessment, standard setting and sensitivity review.
The program is presented in collaboration with the journalism department and the College of Education at UMass Amherst.
For directions and more information, visit nepr.net/events.